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Medial preoptic nucleus

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Brain: Medial preoptic nucleus
Preoptic area is 'PO', at left, in blue.
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MeSH A08.186.211.730.385.357.342.450

The preoptic area is a region of the hypothalamus. According to the MeSH classification, it is considered part of the anterior hypothalamus.

There are four nuclei in this region, according to Terminologia Anatomica:

  • nucleus preopticus lateralis (lateral preoptic nucleus)
  • nucleus preopticus medialis (medial preoptic nucleus)
  • nucleus preopticus medianus (median preoptic nucleus)
  • nucleus preopticus periventricularis (periventricular preoptic nucleus)

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